Topic: Legislation and guidance

New ACCC chair strikes measured tone in first major speech

The new head of Australia’s competition watchdog has refused to explicitly call for changes to the country’s competition law until after the federal elections this month, as she reflected on priorities laid out by her predecessor.

04 May 2022

Canada seeks to increase abuse of dominance penalties

Canada’s deputy prime minister has proposed amending the country’s competition law to increase the penalties for abuse of dominance and allow private litigants to file abuse claims, but local lawyers have criticised the lack of public debate surrounding the changes.

27 April 2022

CMA chair will be appointed imminently, says UK business minister

The UK government is set to announce a new chair for the country’s Competition and Markets Authority in the next few weeks to ensure the agency is ready for the “extra” and “fundamental” duties that come with its new powers, the country’s business minister has said.

27 April 2022

Malaysia proposes hybrid merger regime as part of major competition law revamp

Malaysia’s Competition Commission has proposed long-awaited amendments to the country’s antitrust law, including introducing a hybrid merger notification regime with multiple sectoral carve-outs.

26 April 2022

EU lawmakers back foreign subsidies proposal with amendments

An EU parliamentary committee has backed the European Commission’s legislative proposal to tackle anticompetitive foreign subsidies within the bloc, although lawyers are concerned about the wider effects the new legislation could have on international trading partners.

26 April 2022

Swiss enforcer claims legal amendments threaten national competition enforcement

Switzerland’s Competition Commission has pushed back against the government’s plan to amend the national competition law, but local lawyers have said its concerns are largely overblown.

26 April 2022

US agencies considering conglomerate issues during merger guideline review, Khan says

Federal Trade Commission chair Lina Khan has said the US antitrust agencies are considering ways in which to evaluate deals involving conglomerate effects as the enforcers consider revisions to their merger guidelines.

25 April 2022

COFECE fails in complaint to top court challenging controversial energy bill

Mexico’s Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint by the country’s competition authority against a controversial new law that would give the main state-owned electricity company greater power over the national energy market.

22 April 2022

CMA gets heightened enforcement powers

The UK government has given the country’s Competition and Markets Authority beefed-up powers, including a new merger jurisdiction test to capture killer acquisitions and heftier fines for noncompliance with antitrust probes.

20 April 2022

India's antitrust authority overhauls confidentiality regime

Local competition lawyers have praised the Competition Commission of India for overhauling its confidentiality regime to ensure that parties to an antitrust investigation have access to relevant confidential documents in a timely manner while protecting against unauthorised disclosure.

14 April 2022

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